Thousands of Africans die trying to get to Europe, says UN | AFP

In Africa Weekly: More than 70 people die each month in the trek to cross Africa and reach Europe, culminating in thousands of deaths in recent years, the UN says in a new report. Meanwhile Mali’s political crisis drags on and a Tunisian man has found an ancient secret about making purple dye.

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Tunisian migrants placed in ambulances as they arrive in Lampedusa | AFP

Tunisian migrants taken by boat by the Italian customs and financial police to the island of Lampedusa are picked up by emergency services at the port and placed in ambulances that will take them to the island’s reception centre.

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Women cyclists challenge gender norms in Tunisia | AFP

Bicycling has made recent inroads in the Tunisian capital, with women leading the peloton to achieve greater mobility and break gender norms as the coronavirus pandemic boosts the two-wheeled trend.

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Emmanuel Macron denounces Turkey’s “dangerous game” in Libya | AFP

“Turkey is playing a dangerous game in Libya,” French President Emmanuel Macron says at a press conference with his Tunisian counterpart Kais Saied at the Elysée Palace. SOUNDBITE

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Libya unity govt retakes strategic city of Sabratha | AFP

Fighters supporting Libya’s unity government celebrate at a roundabout in Sabratha after seizing the coastal city between Tripoli and the Tunisian border from troops backing military commander Khalifa Haftar, according to officials. IMAGES

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Body bag seen at the scene of an explosion near US embassy in Tunis | AFP

A body bag is seen at the scene of an explosion near the US embassy in the Tunisian capital Tunis. A double suicide attack shook the Tunisian capital on Friday as assailants wounded six people including police guarding the US embassy, authorities said.

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Tunisian police set a cordon around an explosion site near the US embassy | AFP

Images of a police cordon after a blast near the American embassy in the Berges du Lac district in the Tunisian capital. IMAGES

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Report: Explosion near US Embassy in Tunisia

Tunisian media are reporting that a suicide bomber on a motorcycle has set off a blast near the U.S. Embassy in the Tunisian capital, Tunis. (March 6)

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Tunisian Parliament prepares to vote on prime minister-designate Habib Jemli’s government | AFP

The Tunisian Parliament prepares to vote on the government of prime minister-designate Habib Jemli. The proposed government was unveiled last week and is composed of independent figures, after months of negotiations between political parties to fill positions failed. IMAGES

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Tunisian women perfom viral feminist anthem “The Rapist is You!” | AFP

Tunisian women of the Falgatna collective perform in Arabic the Chilean viral feminist anthem turned into a mighty global roar against sexual violence “The Rapist is You!” during a flashmob in Tunis. IMAGES

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A whistle against sexual harassment at a festival in Tunisia | AFP

Patrols and whistle distribution: a Tunisian women’s rights association is conducting a groundbreaking prevention campaign on the risks of sexual harassment during a festival that drew some 5,000 people to the Sahara desert.

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French PM welcomes Tunisian counterpart Youssef Chahed to Paris | AFP

Prime Minister of France Edouard Philippe greets Youssef Chahed, his Tunisian counterpart. According to the Tunisian government, Chahed is in Paris to pass along messages from the new Tunisian President Kais Saied to Emmanuel Macron. IMAGES

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Tunisians say “economy”, “debate” priorities as they vote in presidential runoff | AFP

Tunisian voters say the “economy” and “intellectual debate” as they cast their ballots in the second round of presidential elections. The vote is Tunisia’s second free presidential election since the 2011 revolt and follows the death of president Beji Caid Essebsi in July.

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Voting starts in Tunisian presidential runoff | AFP

Tunisians begin voting in a presidential runoff pitting conservative law professor Kais Saied against media magnate Nabil Karoui, who was released from prison just days earlier. IMAGE

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Tunisia’s presidential elections: young Tunisians watch the televised debate | AFP

Young Tunisians gather to watch an unprecedented debate between the two finalists of the Tunisian presidential elections, Nabil Karoui and Kais Saied.

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Tunisian presidential candidate Abdelfattah Mourou casts his vote | AFP

Abdelfattah Mourou, who heads a first-time bid on behalf of his Islamist inspired Ennahdha party, arrives to a polling station in Tunis to cast his vote for the Tunisian presidential elections. The election follows an intense campaign beset by personality clashes, albeit one with few clear political differences, brought forward by the death in July of 92-year-old president Beji Caid Essebsi. IMAGES

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Tunisia heads to polls for keenly fought presidential contest | AFP

Tunisian voters head to the polls to choose from a crowded field of candidates. The election follows an intense campaign beset by personality clashes, albeit one with few clear political differences, brought forward by the death in July of 92-year-old president Beji Caid Essebsi. IMAGES

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Tunisia: Military parade escorts the body of late Tunisian president | AFP

Military parade escorts the body of Former Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi in the presidential palace in Carthage in Tunisia. IMAGES

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Headlines the day after the death of Tunisian president Essebsi | AFP

The front pages of French and Arabic newspapers in Tunisia headlining with the death of Tunisian President Beji Caïd Essebsi as residents of Tunis praise the “smooth” transition of power and the swearing-in of speaker Mohamed Ennaceur to take the reins as interim president.

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Convoy leaves hospital with body of late Tunisian President Essebsi | AFP

A convoy carrying the body late Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi leaves the military hospital in Tunis. IMAGES

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Exterior of hospital where Tunisian President Beji Casi Essebsi died | AFP

Tunisian police officers gather outside the Military Hospital in Tunis following the death of President Beji Caid Essebsi. IMAGES

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Anger in Tunis after double suicide blasts rock Tunisia capital | AFP

People chant anti-terrorism slogans at the site of the suicide attack that targeted police and the national guard in the Tunisian capital, killing a police officer and wounding at least eight people including several civilians.

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Protests grip Tunis after journalist sets himself on fire over country’s economic conditions

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Protests have been raging in west central Tunisian city of Kasserine, where police used tear gas to disperse stone-throwing demonstrators.

The protests erupted after the death of a journalist who set himself on fire to protest economic problems in the north African nation.

18 people have been arrested, officials said on Wednesday.

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